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The Mage Winds

(Valdemar: Mage Winds #1-3)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  627 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Long ago, high magic was lost to Valdemar when the last Herald-Mage gave his life to protect his kingdom from destruction by dark sorceries. But now the protective barrier over Valdemar is crumbling, and with the realm imperilled, Princess Elspeth, Herald and heir to the throne, has gone on a desperate quest in search of a mentor who can teach her to wield her fledgling ma ...more
Paperback, 1054 pages
Published March 20th 2015 by Titan Books (first published 1991)
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Chris Braid
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable character driven fantasy

I almost gave up on the first book of the trilogy. Winds of Fury was, to me, something of a disappointment compared to the others in the Valdemar series that I have read. Ellsworth and Skif's bickering and intransigence started to make my teeth hurt.
Very glad I stayed with it, though. Plenty of action, well-defined characters and a clever magic system all tied in with an intriguing back-story regarding the kingdom of Valdemar's "anti-magic shell.
All in all a wor
Jan 14, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Can't believe I just finished the most boring series I've ever read, the title is fascinating but the content is totally not
Alisha Tarran
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
High Magic was lost to Valdemar centuries ago, when the last Herald-Mage gave his life to save the kingdom from dark sorcery. But now the realm is at risk again, and it falls to Princess Elspeth, Herald and heir to the throne, to defend it. Abandoning her home, Elspeth seeks a mentor who can awaken her untrained mage abilities, and soon learns that others, too, are being caught up in a war against sorcerous evil. The Tayledras scout Darkwind is the first to stumble across the menace creeping for ...more
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans, adult readers
Shelves: owned
The “Mage Winds” omnibus is the second omnibus of Mercedes Lackey’s that I have read (the first being “The Heralds of Valdemar”), and whereas Talia’s story captivated me, the beginning of Elspeth’s story left me a little disappointed. I didn’t feel the same drive to keep reading, and it was a struggle for me to continue reading after the disappointing and slow start to “Mage Winds”. However, once the “set up” of the story and the disjointed beginning with several POV’s, I got really invested in ...more
Well, this continued to deliver exactly what I came here for: magic horses! Political intrigue (more complex, this time)! Telepathic sex (tbh, could have exploited the premises more thoroughly)! Once again including solid male-female friendships, female characters with actual flaws (although tbh Nyara could have used some personality flaws - all her weaknesses are trauma derived), and supremely handwavey magic.

On the other hand, now including: genre-typical orientalism and noble savage tropes, a
Linda Malcor
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another omnibus. If I had to give up my paperbacks, I'd keep this over the hardcovers.
Patrick Scattergood
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I must admit that I have reviewed quite a few of Mercedes Lackey's novels since I started writing my own blog. I truly believe that she is one of the best fantasy writers out there today and has been for a long time. That said, there have been a couple of times where her recent books haven't quite hit the levels of quality that her classic ones have but that's to be expected when you are such a prolific author such as Lackey.

Here we have the Mage Wind trilogy in a collected omnibus from Titan B
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These three books are the second set of books I picked up in the Valdemar series. I was enamored with the magic system in this world, as well as the almost holy righteousness of the Heralds and the fierce but civilized Tayledras in their forest home.

Elspeth and Darkwind both face daunting tasks, futures and pasts, all while being manipulated by those closest to them. The plight of Darkwind and the flight of Elspeth bring them together in a marvelous way without being a corny romance. They don't
May 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not my favorite of Lackey's books. Trilogy: Winds of Fate, Winds of Change, Winds of Fury.

Heir to the throne of Valdemar, Elspeth, goes off in search of mage training and finds herself with the Hawk/Falcon clan. First 2 books are the clans fight with the half-cat man, Falconsbane. Last book back links the first 2 books back to the war with Ancar.

Good enough to finish the trilogy, not one I'll re-read.
ms bookjunkie
Dec 16, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, kindle
1% Winds of Fate: I quite liked Elspeth's story, but I somehow thought it would be…grander, or something. I didn't really care for Darkwind's story—so ominous—but it finally paid off. Well, now they've met, and I have hopes for the rest of the trilogy. 2.5-3 stars

34% Winds of Change:
mel terry
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is As good as the 1st in this book trilogy

Very hard to put down. Loving getting to know lots of interesting characters and left wanting more of the same.
Ramoths Own
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this series of books and am so happy to have read them.
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Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts &am ...more

Other books in the series

Valdemar: Mage Winds (3 books)
  • Winds of Fate (Valdemar: Mage Winds #1)
  • Winds of Change (Valdemar: Mage Winds, #2)
  • Winds of Fury (Valdemar: Mage Winds #3)
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